Friday Favorites {1.22.21}

Oh praise Jesus, it’s Friday!!

It was a short week, but it felt like the longest week to me. We’ve been so busy with work and kiddos.

But you know what, I sure am thankful for the busy. God is good!

Alright, it’s Friday Favorites time! As always, I am linking up with Andrea and Erika. Grab your coffee and let’s do this thing!

On Tuesday, I talked about how much I am loving Spanx leggings. You can read all about it here. I recently bought a new pair and they are seriously my fave right now.

And ladies, these are on sale right now!! Seriously, they are definitely worth it.

I dressed them down this week with sneakers, a sweater and a denim jacket.

Here’s a 15% off link for ya, too!

Can we talk about shackets??? Anyone else loving this fashion trend?

Wal-Mart seriously has the BEST ones! And y’all, they are $14.98!! Here’s the link!

I’m telling you, you will not regret it! They are so soft and warm.

Yesterday on my Instagram, I shared a quick makeup routine video. I literally had 10 minutes to get ready so I stepped out of my comfort zone to show you how I apply a quick face. Here’s the link to watch.

And here are all the products I used. Some of the products are older so I linked some that are similar.

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

NARS Setting Powder

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Contouring and Highlighting Palette

Too Faced Natural Eyes Eye Shadow Palette

Too Faced Highlighting Palette

Benefit Eyebrow Pencil

Urban Decay Waterline Eyeliner

Grande Primer

Loreal Mascara Bambieye

Here’s the finished look!

Anyone else love pinks and reds??? I LOVE how my mani turned out. It’s perfect for V-day!

These sneakers are in my list of favorites, too! I love the platform version because let’s face it, this girl needs all the help I can get in the height department.

Oh and speaking of pinks and reds, I had breakfast with a sweet friend yesterday and she surprised me with this super cute coffee mug.

Y’all know my love for mugs!

And babes, that’s all I have this week. Next week, Joseph and I are headed to check on our beach house in Hilton Head. They are just about finished with all of the renovations and I can’t wait to see it in person.

I’m so excited to share the progress with you.

I hope y’all have an amazing weekend!

XO

Target Dollar Spot Find

Happy Thursday, friends! We are almost there. The weekend is almost here!

Every time I walk into Target, I HAVE to stop at their Dollar Spot. I have found the best little finds there. They have anything from totes to socks to trays to toys to planter stands, fashion accessories, craft kits and so much more—all at $1 to $5 per piece.

Last week I noticed my vase in my living room that I shared here was looking a little blah. It used to sit in my foyer, but when I bought a new foyer table I moved it in the living room behind the couch.

I love the vase so I didn’t want to totally get rid of it. I found it at Wal-Mart for under $10.

On Monday, Mary and I had a little Target and Chickfila date so I thought I’d look to see if I could find something there to brighten up my vase.

We had the best time!

And the Target Dollar Spot delivered! They have bundles of faux roses and greenery. So I grabbed a couple of them. They were $3 each.

And I LOVED the way it turned out.

I love adding anything green to my decor! I just feel like it always brightens up a space.

If you’ve never checked out the Dollar Spot at target, you totally should!

What’s been your favorite find from the Dollar Spot?

Tell me in the comments!

Alright friends, we have another crazy go, go, go day. But, tomorrow is Friday and you know what that means-Friday Faves!!

I hope you have the BEST day!

XO

Stop Apologizing, Babe!

Hi guys! Happy a Wednesday! I hope your week is off to a great start.

Does anyone else feel like it should be Friday? I feel like this has been the longest week ever.

A couple of months ago, we were in Hilton Head with our partners and friends. As we pulled up to the restaurant for dinner, Joseph’s phone rang. It was an important call so he took it. He ended up being on the phone for a while so we ordered his drink for him and an appetizer for all of us.

When he was done with the phone call, the waitress came over to ask if we were ready to order. Joseph immediately apologized for being on the phone.

Her response was awesome and eye opening for all of us. She told Joseph that there was no need to apologize because it was obviously an important call. She said that instead of “I’m sorry I was on the phone” to say “thank you for your patience.” She gave us other examples of switching your apology to gratitude and we all left amazed!

Saying “I’m sorry” has become something that we all say too often. It’s become an automatic response that is almost used with very little weight.

And yes, there are legitimate moments and circumstances when a genuine and sincere apology is the correct response. Like when we bump into someone or when we are expressing our sympathy and empathy or regret for a mistake.

But then there are situations where we are actually lowering our self-worth and damaging our self-confidence by saying “I’m sorry” for actions and circumstances.

For example, how many times have you apologized to someone for taking up their time while you unloaded some of your struggles to them? By saying “I’m sorry for rambling on or taking up your time” you are making it seem like you are wasting their time.

Instead of “I’m sorry” try saying “thank you for listening to me.” This shows them the value you have for their friendship and time rather than diminishing your self-worth.

There is power in gratitude and appreciation. It creates a positive and warm environment and takes away from ourselves.

So today, I want to encourage you to stop apologizing for every little thing and give yourself the value you are worth.

It’s all about mindset. Here are some simple shifts that you can make each day. I found this on the internet and thought it was perfect!

Make these simple changes and see how much better you feel!

I hope y’all have a GREAT day!

XO

Tuesday Talk

It’s Tuesday Talk!

Once a month I link up with Erika and Ashley to talk about anything we want to talk about. It’s the first one of 2021 and today, I decided to tell you all about my Spanx leggings.

A couple of months ago I shared how I finally joined the Spanx trend and purchased a pair of leggings.

Many of you shared that, you too, had been debating purchasing some and I promised I would let you know what I thought.

Well, I LOVE them!! Seriously!

I was always hesitant because years ago, I was in a wedding and needed something to help smooth everything under my bridesmaid’s dress, ha! I purchased spanx to try them out and y’all….they were so tight, I swear I was going to pass out. I couldn’t wait to get them off!

When Spanx came out with their leggings, all I could think about was me at the wedding and I assumed they would fit like their bodysuits and I would suffocate to death. Dramatic, I know lol! A part of me also feared that I’d end up like Ross from Friends in his leather pants.

But I was so so wrong. I tried to purchase several faux leather pants and I just didn’t care for them. So after I watched so many rave about them, I decided to give them a try.

They are snug, so I opted to size up to a medium. I don’t like clothing to fit super snug so I needed some room to breath, and the medium was the perfect size for me.

They stay put and don’t ride up. They look great and I can dress them up with boots or down with sneakers.

For me, they were definitely worth the investment. And I loved them so much that I bought another pair!

And these are now my current favorite leggings. I LOVE the white stripe going down the leg. And girls, they are still ON SALE!!

I also have a 15% off link if you’ve never bought them through Spanx before! Click here for the link.

If you are a local girl, our boutique Polished Chic has them in stock.

And speaking of Polished Chic, they helped me find the perfect jacket and shoes to go with my new Spanx leggings.

They posted this jacket was coming soon a couple of months ago and they finally had it in stock. I also needed a pair of white booties and they had the perfect pair.

What about you? Have you joined the Spanx trend? I know I’m late to the game, but I also know there are some of you haven’t tried them

I give them a huge thumbs up!

I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!! I’ll see you back here tomorrow!

XO

The God Who Sees You

Hey, babes!! Happy Monday! I hope you’ve had a great weekend so far.

As you know, I am reading through the Bible this year and using The Bible Recap as my guide. We finished up the book of Job (praise, Jesus!) and now we are back in Genesis.

I was a day behind so I had to catch up this morning. We were in Genesis 16, one of my favorite passages in the Bible. I wrote a short devotional about this story last year and I wanted to share it with you this morning.

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The God Who Sees You {4.22.20}

This morning I woke up with a heavy heart. We are all experiencing life differently these days. We are in the same storm, but we are not in the same boat. I’ve heard that a lot and it makes so much sense.

I remembered the story of Hagar in Genesis 16:1-15.

She was Sarai’s servant who was given to Abram so that she would give him a child. Sarai had borne Abram no children so she took it upon herself to make it happen in her own way. And boy is that another lesson for another day! But today, we will focus on Hagar.

When Hagar became pregnant, she began to despise Sarai. The Bible says in verse 6,

“But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your servant is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her.”

Hagar left. She literally said forget this, I’m out of here.

An angel of the Lord found her in the wilderness by a spring of water in the desert. She was pregnant, alone and feeling hopeless. But the visit from the angel was life changing for her. Despite him telling her to go back to Sarai and that her son would not be the son of promise and that he would experience hostility in all of his relationships and would be like a wild donkey. She still obeyed and she returned.

But she didn’t return before an encounter with the Lord. One of my favorite verses of the Bible is Genesis 17:13,

“She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”

This verse gives me chill bumps everytime. I put myself in Hagar’s sandals and I remember all the times when I felt alone and abandoned. All the times that I found myself in a hard situation and all I could do is think to run away from it. And there in my misery, sadness, grief and loss….He saw me. He saw me just as I was. He is El Roi– the God who sees me.

And He does the same to you. He sees you right where you are.

I followed this story a little more this morning because I wondered why God would send her back to her mistress. Why wouldn’t He scoop her up and place her somewhere else where she could be free?

I continued to read and came to chapter 17 verse 20 where the Lord says to Abraham,

“As for Ishmael (Hagar’s son), I have heard you; behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and multiply him greatly. He shall father twelve princes, and I will make him into a great nation.”

Then in chapter 21, Sarah asks Abraham to cast Hagar and Ishmael out because she didn’t want Ishmael to be heir with their son Isaac. God tells Abraham to do as Sarah says and so he gives them bread and a skin of water and sends them away.

They go into the wilderness, all the water is gone and I can imagine it is very, very hot. She has Ishmael sit under a bush for some shade and she goes to sit down opposite him. The Bible says she sits about the distance of a bowshot. And then what she says next at the end of verse 16 gave me chills,

“Let me not look on the death of the child.”

Y’all. She was preparing to lose her child. She was preparing for him to die and she couldn’t stand to watch it. I don’t know that I’ve ever really realized that. Here she was in the desert again, feeling abandoned, hopeless and alone. The bible said that she lifted up her voice and wept. She was done. She was completely done. Could you imagine? She had just lived through hell. She was shamed and rejected and here she was again in the desert about to lose her son.

As this is going on, the boy is crying and the Bible says that God heard him. In Genesis 21:17-19 it says,

“God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.”

God made a promise back in chapter 17 verse 20 and He was not about to break that promise. Who is like our God? He is faithful and does not break His promises. He shows up in our hardest moments and He saves us.

Hagar had to go back to a difficult situation. Her and Ishmael endured suffering, shame and rejection, but God did not forget them. His promise for their life was fulfilled.

There are seasons in our lives where we are going to have to endure hard things. Many of us are going through very difficult situations right now. But God hasn’t forgotten us. He sees us right where we are. He has a plan and a purpose for our lives and you better believe they will be fulfilled. God does not break His promises to you. He never has and He doesn’t intend to start now.

Cry out to Him today. Wherever you are, whatever your situation may be. Call out to Him. He is there. He is waiting.

And to all of my mommas out there struggling with their kiddos. Stay the course. Pray for your kids and speak life to them. God hears them and He hears us. God has a plan and purpose for your child and it will be fulfilled.

I love you all and I pray that you are encouraged today by El Roi-the God who sees you.

XO

Friday Favorites {1.15.20}

It’s Friday, babes!!! Whoop whoop!

AND we have a THREE day weekend…yahoo!!

Today, I am linking up with Andrea and Erika for our Friday Favorites.

Let’s do this!

First things first. Last week, I shared with y’all that I am now an ambassador for The Mint Julep Boutique.

Well, I have great news! They are having a great sale this weekend. It’s their Buy One, Get One Free – Sale Collection.

What a great deal! You can click here to shop their boutique.

Here are a couple of outfits I bought this month.

Happy shopping, friends!!

Y’all. My sweet baby turned TEN this week. TEN!! How did this happen?! All the Eterno kiddos are officially in the double digits.

As always, you get donuts on your birthday!

My current favorite coffee creamer. This week we also shared our coffee bar area. If you missed my post, you can catch up here.

Speaking of coffee…. bought this mug at Target this week. Love the yellow and red and the font of the “E.” I just love the Opalhouse brand!

I ran out of my normal mascara and needed something I could pick up locally. I picked up this L’Oréal mascara at CVS. And y’all. It’s worked so good. And it’s a lot cheaper than the ones I normally buy.

I think I’m realizing that it’s all about the primer. I love this one. I’ve used it for a while now and have seen such a difference! It also helps with lengthening and thickening your lashes.

And last, but not least. I love Lysa Terkeurst. And this book is one I am so excited to start. I’m doing it as a study with Proverbs 31 Ministries.

Tuesday, I shared four of my favorite Bible studies and I also shared the link to join this study! You can read the post here. I’d love for you to join me!

And that’s it’s for today! We have a busy weekend full of basketball and I’m hoping to finally tackle the girls’ playroom. Wish me luck, ha!

I hope you have the BEST day, babes!!

XO

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Throwback Thursday: {11.20.17}

Hey, hey, hey!! It’s Throwback Thursday!

I needed this Throwback Thursday. It’s all about friendships! Throughout the years, I’ve learned that there are friends for a reason, a season or a lifetime. The quicker I realized and learned this, the quicker I let go of my unrealistic expectations when it came to friendships.

I hope this throwback speaks to you like it did to me!

Be A Good Friend, Mags

Good morning ladies!

I normally try to kick off the week with a video post, but that is not going to happen. Let me give you five words….Kids are out of school. Ha! Everytime I tried to start the video there was a scream or a fight beginning between the kids and then I would hear a “MOMMMMMMM!!!!!!” So I gave in and decided to write a post instead. The screaming and “Moooommmmmms!” are still happening, but at least now you can’t hear them. Let’s just say all electronics have been taken away and they are in their rooms indefinitely!

I really do enjoy my kiddos being home.  This morning was so amazing.  We turned the fireplace on and the girls played nicely while I read and watched session five’s video.  But then they turned into evil monsters and decided they were going to hate each other for a couple of hours.

But such is life with kids right?

Enough about that, let’s kick off session five!

I am so excited for this week.  I always struggled in the friendship department.  For years, I would beg God to give me a friend.  A person who I could hang out with, be close with, do life with.  I went through a very lonely season a couple of years ago.  I didn’t really have any close friends and I remember dropping Mary off at Pre-K one morning and crying the whole way home.  I specifically remember asking God to help me be ok with being alone in the girlfriend department.  I remember repeating through my tears, all the way home, “You are enough, You are enough for me God.”

And that season lasted a couple of years, but God truly worked in my life, teaching me to enjoy my husband and my children.

But as women, we all need our girlfriends.

In the last couple of years, God has brought some pretty amazing women into my life.  For years I tried to force friendships.  I would put up a front and pretend like I loved everything you loved because then I felt like you would think I was the best person in the world ha!  If you loved pink, I loved pink.  If you loved to craft, I loved to craft.  Newsflash…..Maggie IS NOT crafty!

During that lonely season, God taught me to be ok with me.  He taught me to be happy with the life He blessed me with and be content with what I had.  It took many years, many tough lessons, but I finally learned to be content.  Now that doesn’t mean I don’t struggle with contentment, because one of my biggest struggles is comparison and jealousy.

I loved Melanie’s video and I took a lot from it.  It is so important to have friends.  People in our lives who we can relate to and feel normal around.  People who know the real us and still love us.

God places people in our lives on purpose.  Just like He brought David and Jonathan together, He does the same in our friendships.  I loved how she made mention that Jonathan not only chose David over his father, He chose David over himself!  Wow!  In this season of life, God is really teaching me to be selfless in my relationships.  As a wife, mom and friend.

Being loyal and trustworthy is so important when it comes to friendships.  We’ve all been burned.  Even Jesus was hurt by one of His disciples.  He knew what it felt like to be betrayed.  I’ve been there too.  This is why I kept that wall up for years.  When I would feel myself getting close with someone, I would sabotage the friendship because I had been hurt so many times. In the last couple of years, God has challenged me to work past this and has allowed me to have some pretty amazing frienships.

Our friendships should be a safe place.  We should love our friends as we love ourself.  This being said, Melanie talked about comparison and jealousy.  We all are unique, we have our own gifts and we are walking our own journey. But with social media these days, it’s so hard to not compare our lives with others.  Melanie says, “And I know for me I never get more distracted than when I start looking at somebody else’s life and what they’re doing.”

Isn’t that the truth?  We can be going about our day so happy with life and what God has given us.  But then with a tap of our finger and a scroll through Facebook we can go from content and happy to thinking we are the worst wife, mom, friend ever.  Why?  Because we compare ourselves with the best version of others.  All while not knowing what they are battling because you better believe they have struggles.  The grass isn’t always greener on the other side…this is something that has taken me years to learn.  We are all human.  Life isn’t perfect no matter how perfect it appears.  We have struggles and hardships.  Every single one of us.

Theodore Roosevelt said it well when he said, Comparison is the thief of joy.

Ladies, do you want to know when I am the happiest?  When I am not worried about what everyone else is doing and I am focused on walking my road.  When I set a limit on my social media time. When I invest in the people around me.  When I try to bless others and make someone else’s day better.  When I focus on my home and getting things done. This is when I’m the happiest.

We all want to know the secret of being happy.  We are constantly reading books about being happy and not comparing ourselves with others but it is simple.  Look to what God gives you.  Walk your walk.  Be happy for others.  Realize that your friends’ successes take nothing away from yours.  You are you.  Focus on what God has given you and realize that the life you are living right now, is the life God intended you to live.  He wants you to be happy with what you have.  Look around, name your blessings, thank God for those blessings and be happy for others.

And lastly, our true friends should strengthen our grip on God.  Melanie says that friends are small everyday miracles that God gives us.  Every person in our life is in our life for a reason.  We need friends who are also walking close with God.  Friends who are like-minded and will encourage us and pray for us.  Friends we can do life with.  Girlfriends that will cry with us, laugh with us, rejoice with us.  Friends who will be there for us no matter the time of day.  Friends who show us the love of God through their actions.

You know…God has taught me so much in the last couple of weeks.  But one thing He is teaching me currently is that He restores.  We learned last week that nothing is too far gone for Him.  He heals us and uses the broken pieces of our life and makes us whole again.  He can do this for you and for that relationship you’ve given up on.

There is nothing more beautiful than letting God work in our lives and our relationships with others.  Nothing, absolutely nothing is too far gone for God.  Maybe you need Him to restore a relationship in your life.  Ask Him to help you.  You may find out that He wants you to work on you first.  This is what happened to me. Maybe there’s something in your life that prevents you from being a good friend.  Like me, you may struggle with comparison and jealousy.  Ask God to heal your heart.  Ask Him to help you be content with the life He has blessed you with.

What is God revealing to you about your friendships?

Dear God, I ask that you will be with us this week as we talk about friendships. You show us throughout the Bible how important it is to have people in our inner circle. People who will pray for us and encourage us, but that will also challenge us. Lord I ask that you will help us look at our frienships and reveal to us what you want us to see. Help us be better friends to those around us. Whatever our struggle may be that seems to sabotage our relationships, I pray that in Jesus name you take it out of our life. Help us focus on the race you have set before us. The journey you are having us walk. Help us stay focused on the blessings in our life so that we can be happy for others. Help us be genuine, intentional and happy for others’ successes. Thank you Jesus for being the perfect example of what it is to be a friend. There is no friend like you. Help us be more like you. In Jesus name… -Maggie

Let’s Look: Coffee Bar Area

Hey friends!! It’s the first LET’S LOOK of 2021!

Once a month bloggers, Shay and Erika host a fun link up where we look at different aspects of our lives. It’s a fun way to get to know other bloggers and it’s always so neat to see how others “do life.”

This month, we are “looking” at our coffee bar areas.

It’s hard to believe it took me years to finally consider myself a coffee-drinker. I think I tried in college, but could never find a flavor I liked. And if I drank coffee, it was more creamer than coffee, ha!

I finally turned the corner when I became a mom of three under the age of three 😳. Because, hello, three kids right?!

For the longest time, I had no idea how to make a pot of coffee. So Joseph always made it for me. It wasn’t until he was going out of town and my most important question was, “who’s going to make my coffee in the morning?!“ that I realized I needed coffee more than I knew I did.

If you follow me on Instagram, (if you don’t, you totally should 😉) then you know last year I started sharing a morning pic of my coffee mug and a Bible verse every day.

The biggest question I get asked is, “where do you keep all of those mugs?” Well. Your girl has a problem. I LOVE coffee mugs! When we travel, I buy one. When I’m at Target, I buy one. When I’m at TJ Maxx, I buy one. You get the point 😆. Needless to say, I am thankful for the cabinet space in my kitchen!

My coffee bar area isn’t fancy! We bought this coffee pot a little over a year ago after our $30 Walmart one finally broke after many years!

We thought we would use the single cup brew more, but we actually never use it. I don’t know if it’s just me, but coffee tastes different to me when I do the single brew.

I am a simple girl when it comes to my coffee. Folgers and creamer. That’s it. After all, “The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup!”

I’m not a huge fan of fancy coffee. I’ll drink a Frappuccino at Starbucks every now and then, but for the most part it’s Folgers for me.

Beside my coffee pot I have most of my Rae Dunn mugs hanging on my mug tree.

And the most asked question, where do I keep all of my mugs?!! Well, this is the cabinet above my coffee pot. I’d be lying if I said those were all of my mugs 😆. I have more mixed in with my normal cups in the cabinet beside this one. And I keep my Christmas mugs with my Christmas dishes above my oven 🙊🙈. Y’all. I do have a problem 🤣.

Funny story… so Joseph and I bought a beach condo last year to renovate and sell. Before we sold, we definitely enjoyed the condo and spent most of the summer and fall there.

When we finally decided to sell, it sold in 30 minutes!! When we were sitting there amazed at what had just happened I stopped and thought, my mugs!! I’m not including my mugs in the sale!

So we added a line in the contract that said, my mugs were not included 😅😂.

I had quite the collection of mugs there, too.

See… I need an intervention, folks!

And that’s it for the first Let’s Look of 2021!! Next month we are talking about our love languages! I’ve also included the list of the topics for 2021 below in case you blog and want to join us!

I hope y’all have a fantastic day! We are celebrating our favorite TEN year old, all day long!!

XO

Mackenzie Faith is TEN!

Today, my bug turns ten years old.

I absolutely cannot believe it.

Just to think how fast these ten years have gone by, makes me sad to think how quick the next ten will go. I say it all the time, but the days are long and the years are most definitely short.

Oh my sweet bug, you’ve filled our lives with so much love. You, my sweet Mackenzie Faith, we’re the perfect surprise that completed our crew and we can not imagine our life without you.

You are kind, fun, helpful, loving, competitive and passionate.

You love BIG!

You are a hard worker and always aim to please.

Oh bug,

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” (Dr. Seuss)

We love you to the moon and back!! Happy Birthday, Mackenzie Faith!

XO

Are You Looking For A Bible Study?

Good morning, babes!

Today’s post is all about bible studies! I often get asked what bible study I recommend and honestly it depends. When I get asked this question, I always try to see what the person is looking for and what season in life they are in. I feel like there are certain studies that just speak more to someone when they are going through something specific.

I love so many, but I’ve narrowed my list down to four of my favorites. I’ll also share what study I am starting next week in case you’d like to join me!

Finding I Am by Lysa Terkeurst

Y’all. This one is a special one to me. My daddy died five years ago and it absolutely wrecked me to the core. I am actually working on a post about grief that I hope to share next month. For a season after dad passed away, I completely turned away from God. I looked to ease my pain with alcohol and refused to open my Bible. I was so mad at God because in my mind, He didn’t answer my prayer of healing for my dad (my daddy died of prostate cancer).

This Bible study came at the perfect time for me. A new friend in town invited a couple of girls and I into her home to meet once a week and go through it and it changed my life. Going through Finding I am softened my heart and reminded me of who God is.

The study is broken down into seven I AM statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Below I’ve included a couple of bullet points describing the study that are found on the back of the book.

  • Trade feelings of emptiness and depletion for a more personal fulfillment of knowing who Jesus is.
  • Stop living like a slave to your circumstances by training your heart to embrace the life-giving freedom God wants for you.
  • Gain a better understanding of how Jesus’ words 2,000 years ago are so very applicable to the answers we are searching for today.

You are Free by Rebekah Lyons

Oh my goodness this one is also so so good. I didn’t know who Rebekah Lyons was until my friend gave us her book. You can either read the book and/or do the six week study that goes along with the book.

Jesus gave His life to set us free. He gave us a purpose and called us to live in freedom in that purpose. Christ doesn’t say you can be free, He says you ARE free. Here are a couple of bullet points from the book.

  • Overcome the exhaustion of trying to meet the expectations of others and rest in the joy God’s freedom brings.
  • Release stress, anxiety, and worry to uncover the peace that comes from abiding in God’s presence.
  • Find permission to grieve past experiences, confess areas of brokeness, and receive strength in your journey toward healing.
  • Throw off self-condemnation, discard the masks you wear, and step boldly into what our good God has for you.
  • Discover the courage to begin again and use your newfound freedom to set others free.

Oh my goodness, reviewing this one makes me want to pick up the book and read it again! It’s so good, y’all!

Made for This by Jennie Allen

If you’ve followed for a while, then you know my love for Jennie Allen. She is one of my absolute favorite bible teachers. I’ve read so many of her books and have learned so much from her. If you don’t know who she is, you should definitely check her out!

This bible study is set up in one of my favorite formats. It’s a 40 day interactive journey. I don’t know why, but I love the studies that are broken up into 40 days.

This bible study is all about answering the question, Why am I here? Here are a couple of bullet points from the book.

  • Abandon insecurities and discover how God can use your dreams and passions for a greater purpose.
  • Learn how your struggles can produce the very thing you want to give back to the world.
  • Trade control and safety for a life of God-honoring adventure by praying one prayer.
  • Continue to reaffirm your purpose and calling in every season of life.

If you find yourself in a struggle trying to figure out what your purpose is, this is the study for you! She also has a podcast called Made for This and one of the seasons follows along with this book.

Take Back Your Life by Levi Lusko

A couple of years ago, I read a book called I Declare War and loved it. I had never heard of Levi Lusko and really enjoyed his book. Last year, as I was looking for a study, I came across this one and decided to buy it. It was exactly what I needed during that season of my life.

This is also a 40-day interactive journey. And here are a couple of the bullet points.

  • Get out of your own way by learning to think right so you can live right.
  • Find purpose by discovering that God will do great things with imperfect progress.
  • Learn that your pain is not an obstacle to being used by God but an opportunity to be used like never before.

Levi and his wife, Jennie lost their daughter Lenya about 13 years ago. Their journey through grief and healing is a beautiful one. Jennie talks about it in her book, The Fight to Flourish which I also recommend!

And now for the study that I am starting next week…..

Forgiving What You Can’t Forget by Lysa Terkeurst

I am so excited. I need this study more than you know. A couple of years I went through something that rocked my world and I ended up in this terrible place of unforgiveness and bitterness. God has brought me out of this after years of fighting it, but I still struggle. So I am excited to go through this and see what God has in store for my heart.

I bought the book, the journal and the study. You do not have to buy all of them! Just buy the book if you have to pick one. I am doing the bible study through Proverbs 31 Ministries and if you want to join, you can do that by clicking here. It starts on January 19th.

And that’s it, friends! My top four favorite bible studies.

I do want to end with one thing. Bible studies are great, but they don’t replace The Word of God. It’s so important to continue to read your bible. And to also know that these teachers/pastors are human. Just as with everyone, it’s important to always be aware of what The Word says so that you can test what you hear and read. 1 John 4:1-6 says,

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

I hope you all have a terrific Tuesday! Tomorrow is Let’s Look Wednesday AND it’s my Bug’s TENTH birthday!

XO

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